Luton Cardigan Street Primitive Methodist Church


Situated in Luton town centre, Cardigan Street PM was registered for worship on 4 June 1881 by Murray Wilson, Park Villa, Wenlock Street, Luton Superintendent Minister. Sunday School rooms were opened in 1896. The chapel was licensed for Marriages on 12 August 1897. Kelly’s Directory states that there was seating for 300 people.

Originally the Cardigan Street chapel was part of the Luton I PM Circuit. After Methodist union, it became part of the High Town Circuit until 1944 when this merged into the Luton Methodist Circuit.

Cardigan Street Methodist Church closed on 31 December 1950 with many members transferring to Beech Hill. The registrations were cancelled on 8 January 1951 and the premises were sold the same year.

Sources and References

Bedfordshire Chapels and Meeting Houses: Official Registration 1672-1901 Volume 75 Bedfordshire Historical Record Society – Edited by Edwin Welch

Kelly’s Directory 1914

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service – Community Archives website

Luton Methodism in the 20th Century

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  • The 1881 Primitive Methodist magazine (page 188) contains a note of the opening of a new Primitive Methodist school in Cardigan Street, Luton First circuit. It was intended in the not too distant future to build a chapel as well; in the meantime the school would serve a double purpose as a chapel as well.
    The cost was around £800

    By Christopher Hill (14/04/2020)

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